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GiftLegacy eNewsletter May 19, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Important Life Decisions “How can I plan?” asked Mary. “We just sold our home and bought a retirement condo. Our older child just moved across the country and our younger child will be getting married later this year.” Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company Can you provide …

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Living Lutheran Stories – May 15, 2018

Bishops-elect reflect on historic votes Last weekend, following her election as the ELCA’s first female African-descent synod bishop, Patricia Davenport was reminded of a hymn her congregation sings, “For Everyone Born” by Shirley … continue Let the little children come Instead of wrestling with their parents in the back pews during worship, toddlers at Grace Lutheran …

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God loves – Presiding Bishop Eaton

In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2w8NZSe and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2jlilYt.

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 24

God’s grand creation Even with our extended winter this year, the bluebirds are back and choosing their nesting sites, which, for me, means that “spring has sprung!” One of the primary ways I enjoy participating in … continue   The spirit of God on the move Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and cultural polarization …

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G-News – Howdy Partner

Gathering partners Curious who are partners are? See who we’re working with! Check out our Interactive Learning partners and the ministries that will be present during your Interactive Learning Day. You can also see the many partners in Houston that we’re working with for Service Learning at the Gathering. See all the great things the city is doing and …

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Seeds Monthly – April 2018

Living Lutheran: “The ‘e’ word” Connotations of the word “evangelical” have led some Lutherans to distance themselves from the term or to distinguish from cultural evangelicals by using a different pronunciation. So why does the ELCA have the word “evangelical” in its name? It goes back to the core of Lutheran identity, as “evangelical” comes …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter April 28, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Zero-Tax Cash and Trust About 15 years ago Linda’s father passed away. As her inheritance, she received a commercial lot that was a mile outside of town. At the time she received the inherited property, it was worth about $100,000. Read More SAVVY LIVING Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer Is skin …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 17, 2018

Waves of faith Rolling, sun-kissed waves on the Pacific Ocean provide Jerry Phillips, a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of California–Santa Barbara (UCSB) more than a stage on which to improve … continue Perspective: The strange fruit of Good Friday Editor’s note: This entry is the third of a multipart series on white fragility. Read the …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 10, 2018

New name, same “servant of Christ” A service led by Pastor Beeson at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, N.J., would look and sound familiar to most ELCA members, from its hymnals, to its weekly children’s message and … continue The “e” word The Bible-Belt funeral director didn’t know about the ELCA. All he knew …

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ELCA Youth Gathering – G News – April 10, 2018

Rotation scheduleThe Gathering schedule operates on a rotation. All groups will rotate through our three program days: Interactive Learning, Service Learning and Synod Day. To see your rotation, check your Gathering account or our resources. Once you know your rotation, refer to our Gathering schedule to better plan your time at the Gathering! Stories to share We’re continuing to ask …

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April fools – Presiding Bishop Eaton

It all started with such promise: The angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; Mary’s conviction that this child was the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the powerful would be brought down from their thrones and the lowly lifted up, that the hungry …

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ELCA World Hunger – Malawi

ELCA WORLD HUNGER Field Report: Supporting Local Efforts in Malawi This week, ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Global Mission staff are visiting with companions in Malawi, learning more about the great work local volunteers and leaders are doing with support from ELCA World Hunger. Below, David Mills, the program director for budget and operations on …

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Lutheran Disaster Response – Papua New Guinea Earthquakes

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE Situation Report: Papua New Guinea Earthquakes Be a part of the response: Pray Continue to pray for all those impacted by earthquakes and other disasters Give Thanks to generous, undesignated donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe, including the earthquakes in Papua New …

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LL Stories – March 27, 2018

Living Lutheran Weekly Email Digest ELCA youth raise their voices against gun violence The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students, faculty and staff, ignited a nationwide gun-control movement led by student survivors. The … continue   More than just waving in worship Every year on Palm …

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LSTC E.pistle March 2018

Kindness and Hope One of my spiritual disciplines during Lent was adding poetry to the daily consumption of what I read (especially since the 2016 election). When I announced my poetry intention on Facebook and asked for suggestions, I was overwhelmed and impressed by all the poems and poets my friends recommended. Clearly, poetry plays …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 13, 2018

God revealed through people with disabilities   His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that� … continue Water and the word create new life: part 4 Week 4: Jesus’ baptism Prayer passage: …

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God’s irresistible call – Presiding Bishop

By Elizabeth A. Eaton When first elected presiding bishop, I was often asked what it meant to be the first woman entrusted with this call. I didn’t like that question then. I’m still ambivalent about it now. Why, in the 21st century, did my gender matter? Why, in 2013, was the election of a woman …

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Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Now is the time to register for the 2018 Ecumenical Advocacy Days! EAD will take place April 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The ELCA helped to found EAD and continues as a sponsor of this weekend long conference. This year’s gathering theme, “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” will offer ELCA leaders an …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2018

  ACT to End Racism In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for ACT to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. …

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LL Stories February 28, 2018

Both/and Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand and interpret Scripture related to gender identity and transgender people. His online work … continue     Water and the word create new life: part 2 Week 2: Creation  Prayer passage: “Through the waters of the flood you delivered …

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2017-18 Global Church Directory

The ELCA has deep, longstanding relationships with Lutheran churches and other partners around the world. We respond to our companions and support their work by sending missionaries and volunteers, training leaders, planting new congregations and growing existing ones. In the 2017-18 Global Church Directory, read stories of this engagement and see pictures of many of our …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 24, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Gifts of Stock What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, “It will go up and down.” Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns have been reasonably substantial. Read More SAVVY LIVING Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs I have heard that hearing …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2018

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of February. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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Essential Titles for Black History Month

We believe conversation matters. These Fortress Press titles are sure to spark meaningful conversations around race, justice, and equality. Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice By Rima Vesely-Flad $34.00 Learn more Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith By Monica A. Coleman $26.99 Learn more …

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E-Life Newsletter February 2018

Photo: ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force, November 2017 Please add your input: draft ELCA inter-religious policy statement  From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to respond to the draft ELCA policy statement, “A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment.” Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing …

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Living Lutheran Stories – February 6, 2018

Confessing racism I was about 10 years old, standing in the kitchen, hanging around as bratty sisters do, and listening to my parents talk to my 15-year-old sister. The only words I remember are my mother’s. � … continue 3 things church taught me about race relations When I was 10 years old, my family switched …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 3, 2018

  PERSONAL PLANNER Life Insurance – Costs and Benefits Let’s look at the “top five” reasons people give for not owning life insurance. Read More SAVVY LIVING How to Find Volunteer Opportunities What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities …

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ELCA Global Links – January 2018

New bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Please keep the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in your prayers as it  installs the Rev. Sani Ibrahim Azar as the ELCJHL’s fourth bishop. The Rev. Munib Younan concludes his 20-year service as bishop and becomes bishop …

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Disability Ministries Newsletter Winter 2018

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God! On behalf of the ELCA Disability Ministries Program Advisory Table, thanks for reading the latest edition of the Disability Ministries Newsletter. In this edition, we highlight the grant program we have developed as we continue to encourage the ELCA to …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 20, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER ‘Give It Twice’ Trust A very popular option for a parent with children is called the “Give It Twice” trust. This is a trust funded when the surviving parent passes away. Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts for Creative Spenders Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More SAVVY LIVING Help With Home-Care Bills Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care …

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LSTC Seminary Sampler

In this New Year, at this time of new beginnings, and new chapters in life, perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find yourself …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – December 23, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Income for Surviving Spouse Elliot and Alexis were concerned about planning for the future. They had built a substantial estate of $1,200,000. When Elliot was 70, he rolled over his $400,000 qualified retirement plan into an IRA. Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly What is …

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Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, Portico Benefits pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. The seminar answers the important questions you may have about retirement, including: • How much money will I need when I …

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New Medical Cards Coming Soon

In this busy season, we’d like to remind ELCA Primary Healthcare participants to watch your mail for your 2018 Portico Health ID card. New cards will be mailed this month. Look for an envelope with the BlueLink logo in the corner. If you have family members with ELCA-Primary health benefits, you will receive a new …

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See Your Design on the Gathering T-Shirt!

Gathering t-shirt design contest Calling all youth and young adult artists, designers, doodlers, and creatives to submit an original design for the official 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participant t-shirt! The Gathering t-shirt is worn by all participants on their assigned service learning program day and one of the most visible identifiers of the Gathering.

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Currents Journal is now free!

An invitation to Currents journal Preaching helps? Essays? Book reviews? All for free? Yes, it’s true. Take a moment to check out Currents in Theology and Mission, the quarterly online journal with articles by some of the ELCA’s finest theologians and leaders. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary work together to publish this …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 5, 2017

Star Wars and the countercultural practice of Advent Well, it’s almost here. The signs of it are everywhere: It’s in the stores; it’s on TV; it’s online. This is a time of anticipation and waiting and hope. Countless people can’t wait until … continue With the lighting of one candle, it begins Editor’s note: This is the …

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